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Old Aug 30, 2014, 09:09 PM
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3-d CAD program good for model aircraft design

I want to know a good CAD program that allows me to design a model plane in many pieces, then put it all together in a 3-D model. Anyone know of anything?Like these pictures illustrate
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Old Aug 30, 2014, 11:28 PM
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There is a CAD/CAM forum where you might get more help.

There are a ton of different programs out there, costing from zero to many thousands.

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Old Aug 31, 2014, 06:38 PM
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I use Solid Edge, Solid Works is also good
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Old Aug 31, 2014, 07:55 PM
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I would agree with Old Billygoat, Solid Edge or Solidworks

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Old Aug 31, 2014, 08:25 PM
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I do all of my 3D design work in AutoCAD.
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 10:50 AM
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I use SolidWorks but I'm not sure that it is the best for it. I know Catia does well with complex 3D surfacing which is basically all that airplanes have. Lol. I just happen to use SolidWorks at work so I'm very familiar with it.
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 11:04 AM
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The very first thing we should have asked, but didn't, is "What is your budget"?

Some of the programs mentioned here start at $3500.00 and go up from there. Do you have that sort of budget to toss at toy airplanes?

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Old Sep 01, 2014, 11:14 AM
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The problem is not finding the program the problem is using it properly. Surfacing and assembling will take a long time to learn. Well at least to do it the right way. Many people do it but they are doing it wrong. Like mentioned before some good ones are CATIA, CREO, master CAM, NX.
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 12:14 PM
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There's no one right way to do surfacing nor creating assemblies. So no sweat on learning The way. 3D cad takes some time, dedication and money. Of course There is the SketchUp and probably some other free programs. People Are using them quite succesfully. If You Can use the money. Solidworks is excellent for designing Model airplanes. So are Inventor and Catia. The last being crazy expensive. I guess what I'm saying is just pick one that feels good and prepare to spend some serious time watching Youtube tutorials and learning

Btw. There are free trial versions available for most of the big$ cad packages. Have a go with those First. If you are interested learning cad, go for it. Haven't met anyone that complained afterwards.

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Old Sep 01, 2014, 04:11 PM
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Well I have access to autodesk inventor, and I am pretty fluent in that, but I can't see doing the applications I want to on there
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 04:34 PM
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Inventor is very similar to SolidWorks. I don't see you being able to do it much easier in SW vs Inventor. Catia has some better 3D surfacing tools but I'd think converting that to 2D ribs/formers would be a decent amount of work too. I work in SolidWorks designing DTFB planes and have pretty good luck with it. Give it a go in Inventor and you may surprise yourself with the right approach.
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 10:19 PM
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I've attempted a few planes in inventor before and everything turns out just god ugly, I want a program where I can shape the pieces 2-D then fit them in the 3-D puzzle, and vice versa. to me, rhinoceros seems pretty good. Is there anything like that that's cheaper?
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 10:26 PM
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And P.S. I am an experienced "paper and pencil" designer, and I just recently decided That the computer programs would be much better, so i'm not a novice
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Old Sep 01, 2014, 11:19 PM
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You can check my blog for few models that I've created with Inventor. They are just solid models and still need to be sliced in to parts. If you have access to Inventor and experience with it. You are already half way there.

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Old Sep 02, 2014, 12:58 AM
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Absolutely beautiful work on your models, the only thing I was thinking while looking at your pictures was how the hell did he do that? Great work
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